I met with Randolph County Health Department today and we will stay in school. This could change at anytime, but it is their recommendation along with DESE and Governor Parsons that we stay in school. Please refer to the attached letter sent home on Friday and attached below.
Mike Nagel, Westran RI Superintendent
Westran R-1 Schools
228 Huntsville Ave. Phone: (660) 277-4429
Huntsville, MO. 65259 Fax: (660) 277-4420
Dear Westran Parents, Staff and Community:
There is no higher priority for our entire Westran School District family than the safety of our students, staff and community. Many of our families have questions regarding the virus and the impact on our school community. I want to assure you that we are in close communication with local and state officials and internal teams, as well as continuing to monitor the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) in order to stay on top of this evolving situation. Below are common questions we are receiving from our families and the public, along with our responses. We hope these updates help reassure you that Westran R-1 is taking this situation very seriously, that we are adjusting our practices in response to new information from public health officials and that we continue to prioritize the safety and learning of our students.
Will Westran close schools?
Currently, the Randolph County Health Department is not recommending the closing of school.
How will the Westran School District keep families, staff and students informed regarding coronavirus?
Any district updates will be conveyed through regular district channels – including email and voice messaging, the district website and social media.
What is the protocol for cleaning and disinfecting schools and buses?
Staff has been directed to prioritize cleaning common and high-traffic areas multiple times a day. Prioritized cleaning includes bathrooms, the cafeteria, common spaces, door handles, emergency bar on doors, etc. All efforts will be made to keep students healthy and safe.
When should a student or staff member stay home?
If students or staff experience fever of 100 degrees or higher, cough and/or difficulty breathing, the CDC recommends they should stay home from school and contact their health care provider immediately.
Will school events and travel be canceled?
School events, including athletics and local field trips, are not canceled at this time. We have learned from MSHSAA that the district music festival scheduled for the 21st of March has been cancelled. We were notified this morning that the AG CDE in Elsberry was cancelled as well.
Where can I turn for more information? CDC WHO Missouri Department of Health
The Westran R-1 School District continues to monitor this developing situation closely, staying in regular contact with federal agencies, health organizations and other experts. We will continue to adjust our operations according to the recommendations of health authorities as the situation develops. Thank you for your cooperation.
Mike Nagel Superintendent
Westran R-1 School District